On Sunday 10 February 2019, pathways over the 150-acre site were opened up to create a special walking route not normally accessible to four-legged visitors. Paws for Remembrance offers the opportunity for dog lovers to explore the Arboretum which is home to more than 350 memorials which pay tribute to those who have served, sacrificed, or suffered on behalf of our country. Volunteers were on-hand throughout the day to provide information about the Arboretum and the memorials encountered during the walk, and a free trail map was provided to all in attendance.
For the third year, this event was sponsored by the PDSA. Veterinary staff from the PDSA were onsite site offering free MOT health checks for dogs, free general pet care advice and free presentations throughout the day in Heroes’ Square. The ‘Happy Hounds High Street’, for the first time hosted in Aspects, the Arboretum’s brand-new events building, also hosted a selection of pet related businesses from across the country offering a wide range of products and services including pet portraits, pet clothing, and treats.
Sarah Oakden, Head of Marketing at the Arboretum, said: “Paws for Remembrance was founded in 2016 after we were collared by dog owners who wanted to bring their four-legged friends to explore more of the site than usually pawmitted. Dogs are welcome to visit the Arboretum all year round; however we do ask that dog walkers use our designated route to ensure the comfort of all our visitors.”
Dogs are permitted at the Arboretum year-round, following the route provided on the map here. The Arboretum’s Coffee Shop is also dog-friendly, serving a range of barista crafted coffees and iced drinks, snacks, sandwiches and sweet treats.
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